Martinsville, Virginia


Friday: A Mardi Gras Party with Empire Strikes Brass!

This Friday at The Rives: Empire Strikes Brass presents a Mardi Gras Party

Tickets: $12 adv // $15 doors (Season Passes Accepted) Season Pass: $60 for all 6 upcoming "Series Shows"
Music starts at 9 pm

Born on the streets of Asheville, NC, Empire Strikes Brass has been exciting fans around the world with their unique and dynamic approach. Since their formation in 2013, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from around the globe. They have been a fan favorite at Rooster Walk for many years.

Arrangement and the writing process are a collaborative band effort, taking multiple genres of music and weaving them together through the horn section. The diversity present is what makes ESB unique. There are definite nods to Old School Funk, Ska, Southern Rock, Alt Country, Hip Hop, Boogaloo and New Orleans Jazz.

Expect face melting guitar solos, soul shaking synthesizer solos, lush vocal harmonies, powerful moving drums, thick nasty bass, hypnotically rhythmic keys and wall to wall horn power. Very few brass bands are able to fuse so many styles and array of technique into their work, but Empire Strikes Brass makes it happen again and again.

Tickets: Buy 'em HERE.

Season Passes Still Available

Please consider supporting live music at the Rives by purchasing a 2018 Season Pass for just $60 (a $30 savings over the course of the year!)

The season pass covers free entry to the six "Season Pass" concerts in 2018, the first 3 of which are already booked:

- Fri., Feb. 16th: Empire Strikes Brass Mardi Gras Party. $12/15.
- Fri., March 16th: Camel City Collective feat. Roosevelt Collier & Billy Cardine. $12/$15
- Fri., April 6th: The War & Treaty. $12/$15
- PLUS three more shows TBA in summer/fall of 2018.

Season Passes are available online by clicking HERE. Season Pass tickets ARE transferable, meaning that if you can't attend a show, you're welcome to invite friends to attend for free on your behalf!